Richard Follis is head of the personal advisory division at Shoosmiths, responsible for the management of the range of services Shoosmiths provides for individuals and their families.

He is a noted practitioner in the field of clinical negligence, having advised victims of medical accidents over several decades. He has also conducted multi party, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury litigation and has appeared pro bono to represent complainants before the GMC and give evidence before the H&CPC. He is described in the current edition of Chambers UK as “a well-established figure in the clinical negligence market, particularly admired for his extensive experience in the field.”

Richard has won claims for compensation ranging from minor injury to severe brain damage and has advised families about Inquests for most of his career, including regularly appearing as advocate before Coroners with and without a jury.

Prior to joining Shoosmiths in 2006, he was a partner at Alexander Harris (now Irwin Mitchell) and Challinors Solicitors in the West Midlands. Richard served as President of the Birmingham Law Society and has been an AvMA panel member since 1991.

He was head of the firm’s clinical negligence team for seven years, before being promoted to the role of divisional head and joining the Board in 2013.


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